Parks and Playgrounds

Parks and outdoor recreation activities.

Marin Playgrounds: South Hamilton Park in Novato

December 5, 2017

South Hamilton Park, Novato

South Hamilton Park, also known as Airport Park and Palmisano Community Play Park, is nestled in a quiet corner of Novato's Hamilton Neighborhood. In a nod to the area's former role as an air force base, the playground here features some aviation-themed equipment. Adjacent to sports fields and with an expansive play area, this was one of my kids' favorite hangouts when they were little and we lived close by.

Marin Playground Profile: Pioneer Park in Novato

October 3, 2017

Pioneer Park Novato

Pioneer Park has long been a favorite of families in Marin. This big nine-acre park in western Novato has multiple playgrounds, rolling green lawns, picnic areas, and shady trees. It's a great place for a birthday party, too, with plenty of room for bounce houses and active fun.

Marin Playground Profile: Piper Park in Larkspur

September 18, 2017

Located in the heart of Central Marin, Piper Park is a 2.2-acre oasis of fun for the whole family. With a newly renovated playground, lovely wooded setting along Corte Madera Creek, numerous sports fields, and views of Mt. Tam, it's the perfect place to spend the day playing and relaxing. It's also a popular spot with local families for kids' birthday parties.

12 Favorite Marin Parks for Outdoor Birthday Parties

August 14, 2017

Birthday party parks in Marin

Having your child's birthday party at a local park has a lot of advantages: It's outdoors, there's plenty for everyone of all ages to do, and, best of all, you don't have to clean the house! Here are 12 terrific Marin parks that are perfect for parties. Our criteria were that they had to have plenty of space for games and the obligatory bounce house, group picnic areas, preferably with BBQs, and decent parking.

Here's our list in alphabetical order. Needless to say, reservations for group picnic areas must be made in advance; we've linked each park's name to its web page where you can get full contact information.

Marin Playground Profile: Hal Brown Park at Creekside

July 24, 2017

Both my kids were born at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae and subsequently had many checkups at the nearby pediatrician's offices, so we've been fans of Creekside Park, located right across from the hospital on Bon Air Road, for a long time. This large community park (26 acres) reopened in February, 2011 following extensive renovations. This is one of our all-time favorite playgrounds in Marin. If you haven't been, this is definitely worth a visit.

Explore Berkeley's Tilden Park for Family Fun and Adventure

July 11, 2017

Tilden Park Little Farm

For a fun family day out this summer (or any time of year, actually), head east over the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge and up into the Berkeley Hills, where you'll find Tilden Park, a 2,000-acre playground where there's literally something for everyone. Part of the East Bay Regional Parks system, Tilden is so big and there's so much to do here, that it really bears repeat visits!

From hiking trails and campgrounds to a historic carousel and scale steam trains, you'll find a lot to do here. Best of all, many of the attractions are free or very inexpensive. Here are our favorite things to do when visiting Tilden!

Tilden Nature Area and Little Farm

One of the busiest areas of Tilden Park is the Nature Area, and for good reason. This part of the park is home to the Little Farm, the Environmental Education Center, and numerous family friendly hiking trails, as well as group campgrounds, picnic areas, and a playground. It's located right off Canon Drive at the north end of the park.

Summer Family Fun at San Rafael's McInnis Park

May 22, 2017

 McInnis Park mini golf san rafael

If you've never ventured out to McInnis Park, in northern San Rafael, you owe it to yourself to check it out this summer. McInnis Park, formally known as John F. McInnis Park, is 450-acre regional park, and a one-stop destination for all kinds of active family fun, from golf and baseball to hiking and skateboarding.

If you haven't been you really should pay it a visit. And if you have, you should resolve to go there more often! Here are some of the things that keep us coming back multiple times every summer (and at other times of the year, too).

Marin's Five Favorite Playgrounds for Family Fun

April 24, 2017

Pioneer Park Novato

One of the questions we often get asked is "What's the best playground in Marin?" Rather than give our opinion, again, we decided to put that question to our readers via social media, and to let you choose the top five playgrounds in Marin County. So, without further ado, here are the five best playgrounds in Marin, as chosen by Marin Mommies readers, along with the five runners-up. Thanks to all our readers and followers for your input!

Create a Marin Family Tradition at Pixie Park's Spring Fair

April 10, 2016

Pixie Park

Spring has sprung at the Marin Art and Garden Center and Pixie Park’s Spring Fair is about to bloom! In fact the Fair has blossomed at MAGC each year for the last 58 years making its occurrence almost a rite of spring. While many generations of Marinites have enjoyed the Spring Fair, you don’t have to be from Marin to soak in its nostalgia. Kids of all ages are welcome to step back in time and explore the Fair’s Candy Land, Autopia, and Tot Town. The fair also offers families rides on an old-time train, storytelling performances, and a petting farm. Admission is free so there is really no reason not to make Pixie Park’s Spring Fair a new family tradition.

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